History of Portuguese Music
Cod: 31045
Department: DH
Scientific area: Art History
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

The syllabus of this course focus on the major themes of the history of music in Portugal at different times, from the Middle Ages to  Contemporary Era. The Portuguese case study will be analyzed in confrontation with the international scope, both in Europe and in contexts beyond the Atlantic.


•Recognising the importance of the main personalities of Portuguese music history in different historical and cultural contexts
•Identifying composers, works and musical trends;
•Knowing the main vocabulary and music instruments used throughout the ages in different periods


1–Late Middle Ages

3 –17th and 18th century – Baroque
4–19th century – Romanticism
5–Contemporary musical expressions (20th century)

BRITO, Manuel Carlos de, CYMBRON, Luísa (1992) História da Música Portuguesa, Lisboa, Universidade Aberta. (Manual adotado e disponibilizado online)

Bibliografia Complementar:
BRANCO, João de Freitas (1959) História da Música Portuguesa, Lisboa, Publicações Europa-América.
CASTELO-BRANCO, Salwa, Enciclopédia da Música Portuguesa do Século XX, 4 vols. Lisboa, Círculo de Leitores, 2010.
NERY, Rui Vieira & CASTRO, Paulo Ferreira de (1991) História da Música (Sínteses da Cultura Portuguesa), Lisboa, Comissariado para a Europália 91 – Portugal/Imprensa Nacional-Casa da Moeda.


Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a final digital test, Global e-folio (e-folio G) at the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final exam (100%).

Students are required to have access to a computer with Internet connection and an e-mail address as well as to have computer literacy from the users' perspective.